The current drunk driving laws in Minnesota are enough to make anyone want to avoid an arrest. If some state lawmakers have it their way, the DWI laws in the state would get even tougher. And on the side of those lawmakers is a story that brings out sadness and upset in just about anyone who hears it.
Law enforcement officials can increase the severity of drunk driving charges based on the circumstances behind an arrest. Generally speaking, felony driving under the influence charges will be issued in Minnesota if an alcohol-related car accident causes injuries or death. Being convicted of any type of felony can severely limit professional opportunities, cause a number of privileges to be revoked and usually includes time behind bars.
Drunk driving is a serious criminal offense in Minnesota, but never more so than when it results in a fatality. Anyone convicted of criminal vehicular homicide as a result of drunk driving could potentially face a maximum of 10 years in prison or a $20,000 fine for each count. One Eden Prairie man now faces such a fate following a drunk driving fatality accident in August. His 23-year-old nephew, a Marine, was killed in the crash.